Maggie Gyllenhaal leads cast of The Honourable Woman

BBC TwoMaggie Gyllenhaal is to play the lead role in Hugo Blick’s seven-part drama series The Honourable Woman for BBC Two and Sundance Channel.

The Honourable Woman is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop, written and directed by BAFTA-winning Hugo Blick the beeb state.

With his distinctive rhythmic style and vision as both a writer and director, Blick brings together a compelling drama about family inheritance, international business and world politics. – BBC

In the storyline Nessa Stein’s (Gyllenhaal) father was a Zionist arms procurer, and as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. As an adult, inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank.

Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment as a life peer, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom.

Following the murder of a Palestinian business man, Samir Meshal, after he had just been awarded the latest cabling contract, Nessa and her brother Ephra find themselves placed under the scrutiny of both Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service.

It is then that Nessa is forced to confront not only the true nature of her business empire but of her brother and, ultimately, of herself.

Set against the international backdrop of paranoia and espionage, The Honourable Woman follows one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in her past.

I couldn’t put the scripts down. Nessa is such an exciting and intricate character. I can’t wait to begin filming. – Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Honourable Woman is set in the UK, the Middle East and America, and will film on location from mid July 2013, and will broadcast on BBC Two and the Sundance Channel in 2014.

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